Volunteer River Thames lockkeepers sought

Bucks Free Press: Volunteer River Thames lockkeepers sought Volunteer River Thames lockkeepers sought

VOLUNTEER lock keepers are being sought out by the Environment Agency along the River Thames.

Working alongside professional weir keepers, the helpers will aid boats navigating the locks and gain real hands-on experience in operating the locks .

Dorothy Eggleton, 68, who volunteers at Hambleden lock between Henley and Marlow, said: "It’s such a varied job at the lock; on one of my days in the summer I weeded the steps that the Queen would walk up when the royal yacht passed through Hambleden."

Email thames.volunteers@environment-agency.gov.uk or call 01491 828360.

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3:13pm Sun 24 Feb 13

shakesheadindisbelief says...

From Narrowboatworld
Lock keeper redundancies

In recent years, British Waterways is believed to have made its few remaining full time lock keepers redundant. In particular, numerous press reports related the story of Atherstone's lock keeper, Tony Wright, who was made redundant despite opposition from local residents and boaters. The locks are now operated by volunteers.



Tony, who was very active in promoting the waterways locally, was awarded the MBE for services to the waterways in 2005. However, he was made redundant just as British Waterways started to increase its use of volunteer lock keepers.
From Narrowboatworld Lock keeper redundancies In recent years, British Waterways is believed to have made its few remaining full time lock keepers redundant. In particular, numerous press reports related the story of Atherstone's lock keeper, Tony Wright, who was made redundant despite opposition from local residents and boaters. The locks are now operated by volunteers. [The locks are not listed by CART of those that are manned by volunteers, but narrowboatworld contributors have told us that they have been helped through the flight by volunteers.] Tony, who was very active in promoting the waterways locally, was awarded the MBE for services to the waterways in 2005. However, he was made redundant just as British Waterways started to increase its use of volunteer lock keepers. shakesheadindisbelief

7:50pm Tue 26 Feb 13

DonRockell says...

Simple case of accountants running the the business - Man power on the books cost money - sack them and make every one else feel guilty about the decline in our water ways and if they bleat hard enough maybe someone who thinks it would be nice to spend a day helping out now and then gets lumbered with it day after day - week in year out.
Simple case of accountants running the the business - Man power on the books cost money - sack them and make every one else feel guilty about the decline in our water ways and if they bleat hard enough maybe someone who thinks it would be nice to spend a day helping out now and then gets lumbered with it day after day - week in year out. DonRockell

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